EDsmart.org, a nationally recognized publisher of college resources and independent rankings, has released the 2021 edition of the Best Accredited Online Colleges in Ohio to help prospective students and their families research the top schools offering distance learning and online education in the U.S state of Ohio.
Online education has emerged as an alternative to attaining a degree. Unlike traditional programs, online learning allows students to learn at their own pace, take classes when convenient for them, and save money on travel costs. With its flexibility and affordability, online learning is quickly becoming the preferred choice of many. A recent study by the Department of Education found that students who take classes online are more satisfied with their college experience and performed better.
Ohio’s online learning footprint has also seen tremendous growth in the past few years. For example, the Distance Education State Almanac of 2017 shows that online courses in Ohio increased by 18.7 percent between 2012 and 2015. However, the process of applying for an online degree isn’t easy — unaccredited online colleges often offer misleading promises and low-quality programs. At the same time, accredited schools can be costly and don’t always offer affordable tuition. Therefore to help students explore the best option for online education, EDsmart has issued its well-researched rankings.
EDsmart – Best Accredited Online Colleges in Ohio list empowers students looking for online colleges in Ohio with all the rankings and information they need to without having to conduct their research to find quality schools that fit their budgets, provide real education, and degrees with good market value. The directory includes the top 10 accredited institutions with a special focus on those offering distance learning programs. All possible steps have been taken to ensure the ranking is as comprehensive as possible, including researching data gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics website.
“We at EDsmart know that not everyone can enroll in on-campus programs for their education due to work commitments, financial limitations, and other personal reasons. Navigating through an endless amount of online colleges in Ohio can be tough and time-consuming too. So we’ve searched through mountains of data to bring you the top colleges, based on four categories: net price, retention rate, student satisfaction, and 4-year graduation rates.” said Tyson Stevens, managing editor of EDsmart.
In the ranking that includes an array of institutions from liberal arts colleges to nursing school to business schools, Miami University-Oxford takes the #1 spot doing equally well in all four determining factors. It was also due to its emphasis on providing the same access to quality courses and the same extraordinary level of faculty/student engagement that the school provides its on-campus students. Ohio Northern University and Youngstown State University are following closely behind.
The complete ranking are as follows
- Miami University-Oxford
- Ohio Northern University
- Youngstown State University
- Mount Carmel College of Nursing
- Cleveland State University
- Ashland University
- Kettering College
- Mount Vernon Nazarene University
- Ohio Christian University
- Stark State College
The rankings, a brief introduction of each school and their achieved scores are now available at https://www.edsmart.org/accredited-online-colleges/ohio/
EDsmart reviews publicly available data to produce independent ranking assessments of various educational programs, in addition to student guides and resources. The site is regularly updated by a committed team of writers and researchers, who produce college rankings and resources that will help prospective and current college students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.